Pry Bar

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A pry bar, also known as a crowbar or a wrecking bar, is a versatile hand tool for various tasks, especially those involving leverage or prying. It typically consists of a long, straight metal bar with a flattened, chisel-like end. The other end may have a curved or angled tip for different applications.

Edward Tools Wonder Pry Bar
Edward Tools Wonder Bar (Amazon’s Choice)

Pry Bar Uses

Here are some of the pry bar’s common uses in woodworking:

Extendable Indexing Pry Bar
Extendable Indexing Pry Bar by GEARWRENCH (Amazon’s Choice)
  • Removing Nails and Staples: Pry bars are excellent for extracting nails and staples from wood without damaging the wood’s surface. Woodworkers can wedge the flat end of the pry bar under the fastener, and then lever it out.
  • Disassembling Pallet: Pallet wood is common in DIY woodworking projects. Pry bars are effective for carefully disassembling pallets and salvaging the wood for other projects.
  • Demolition and Dismantling: Pry bars are useful for breaking down existing wooden structures. This includes furniture, old cabinets, shelves, and many more.
  • Leverage and Alignment: Woodworkers can use this tool as a makeshift lever or wedge for aligning wood pieces or adjusting the fit of joints (especially for large and heavy components).
  • Trim and Molding Installation: When installing trim or molding, pry bars can gently nudge pieces into place or to remove them for adjustments. Furthermore, the flat edge of the tool can also prevent damage to the trim or molding. 
  • Rescuing Misaligned Dowels: If dowel joints don’t align properly during assembly, pry bars are effective for gently shifting and adjusting the pieces for a snug fit.
  • Glue Cleanup: If excess glue squeezes out from joints during assembly, a pry bar can scrape away the excess glue before it dries.

Safety Reminders

When using a pry bar, it is important to exercise caution to avoid damaging the wood or causing injuries. Always use the tool in a controlled manner to prevent splintering or breaking the material. Moreover, woodworkers are also advised to wear appropriate safety gear such as goggles and gloves.

Pry Bar by Tekton
Pry Bar by Tekton (Amazon’s Choice)
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